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Utahns pound the pavement for a full family

OREM, Utah (ABC4 Utah) - Hundreds of Utah families plan to pound the pavement tomorrow, for their shot at parenthood.
OREM, Utah (ABC4 Utah) - Hundreds of Utah families plan to pound the pavement tomorrow, for their shot at parenthood.

"That is so cute," Jill Witt said, while examining a set of children's t-shirts. 

At one time Witt wanted a bouncing bundle of joy, but she soon realized it didn't come easy.

"I remember sitting on my couch with a couple of friends just crying with the overwhelming cost of the procedure and the medicines," she said.  The emotional moment came after a doctor told her she needed in vitro fertilization. 

Soon after she came up with the idea to run a 5k for funds.  That idea has since grown into a popular nonprofit organization called Pound the Pavement.

Today, organizers are preparing for the race at Orem's Lakeside Sports Park.  They told ABC4 Utah it is an event that has made miracles.

"I struggled with infertility," said race director Shellee Salmon.

In fact, hard times and infertility treatment proceeded her miracle.

She said, "I actually ended up miscarrying and through everything else ended up pregnant on my own."

Now, while holding her baby girl she said she feels a sense of gratitude.  She said her eight-month-old baby Hadley is proof that Utah couples can complete their family.

"Seeing Hadley for the first time was my little piece of heaven on earth," she said.

Witt is with her.  She is now a mom, happy to know that race day, may bring others the bundle they long for.

"It's so exciting," she said.  "It's so exciting to see these families welcome these miracles."

Choking back tears she continued, "It's kind of become a family and we get to see these babies grow and know that we got to see these beginning stages and see their parents go from longing and sadness to the most joy you can feel." 

That joy will come to at least five Utah couples who will win free IVF treatments or half off treatments, or the full proceeds of the race that can go couple's treatment of choice or adoption.

You can register for the race online by Friday, August 2nd at 5:00 p.m.  You can also register on race day at Lakeside Sports Park in Orem Saturday, August 3rd at 8:00 a.m.  Race day registration costs forty dollars. 

For more information on future races, to get involved with Pound the Pavement, or for information on infertility click here or here.

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